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Hyatt Place Ciudad Del Carmen Opens In Mexico »

November 12, 2014 at 8:58AM PST | Source: Hyatt Place

November 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Grupo Eco today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche, Mexico. Hyatt Place Ciudad del Carmen is the third Hyatt Place hotel to open in Mexico, and marks the continuation of Hyatt’s growth strategy in the country.
"We are delighted with the opening of the third Hyatt Place hotel in Mexico with Hyatt Place Ciudad del Carmen," said Myles McGourty, senior vice president, Latin America and Caribbean for Hyatt. "The Hyatt Place brand has been well received in Mexico and in other parts of the region by travelers seeking its quality and unique offerings. Campeche is such a dynamic center of business, and we believe the hotel will bring a new standard to the area, providing a perfect mix of style, service and amenities that will exceed guest expectations,"
The Hyatt Place brand is rapidly growing throughout Latin America and the Caribbean...

Value Place To Expand Into Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania »

November 12, 2014 at 7:06AM PST | Source: Value Place

November 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // Wilkes Barre, PA - Value Place, the nation's largest economy extended-stay hotel brand, has partnered with franchisee Posh Properties to develop a hotel located in the Bear Creek Commons section of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. This will be the second Value Place property in Pennsylvania, joining a location in Bethlehem.
"Our development group chose Value Place because we see the importance of partnering with a franchise company that has skin in the game," said Joe Posh, Managing Partner of Posh Properties. "With a consistent track record of success in the hospitality sector, Value Place was the right decision for us."
Posh Properties has been an award-winning commercial development and building company in the Lehigh Valley for 25 years...

Days Inn Hotel Brand To Honor Veterans With Getaway Giveaway »

November 11, 2014 at 6:11AM PST | Source: Days Inn

Offers donation of up to one million Wyndham Rewards points to Hotels for Heroes
November 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – This November, the Days Inn® hotel brand is launching two promotions designed to honor those who have served our country, giving away seven getaways to deserving veterans - including active service members - while also donating up to one million Wyndham Rewards® points to Fisher House and its Hotels for Heroes program.
Now through December 30, 2014, loved ones can enter a veteran at www.daysinn.com/heroes for a getaway through the Days Inn "My Hero" contest. Friends and family will share a veteran’s story and a photo, and each week through the end of the contest, Days Inn will choose one veteran, based on the story shared, to receive a six night, seven day stay at the U...

RLHC Launches Enhanced RedLion.com »

November 11, 2014 at 5:55AM PST | Source: Red Lion Hotels

Performance Enhancements of RedLion.com Include Industry-Leading Practices
SPOKANE, Wash. - Nov. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - RLHC (NYSE:RLH) today announced the company has launched a redesigned website which includes industry-leading merchandising and e-commerce practices.
"Our intent with redlion.com was to add performance enhancements that align with our newly evolving positioning as local experts," said Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC) Chief Marketing Officer Bill Linehan.
Since the company deployed new e-commerce technologies and online promotions using HeBS Digital, redlion.com has continued to drive better performance year-on-year. For the third quarter of 2014, redlion.com increased website bookings 19.5 percent...

TRYP By Wyndham Brand Set To "Own The City" With Second Manhattan Hotel »

November 11, 2014 at 4:55AM PST | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

November 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,590 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), announced the expansion of its select-service TRYP by Wyndham® brand in New York City with the signing of a franchise agreement for a 334-room hotel in Manhattan’s Times Square, marking the brand’s second property in the market.
The hotel, scheduled to open by spring 2015, is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and redesign led by owner and operator Hampshire Hotels Management. Its location on West 48th Street in bustling Times Square will put guests directly in the hub of the city’s world-famous attractions, major businesses and public transportation...

Value Place Reports Third Quarter Results: System-Wide Revenue Increases 16.9 Percent To $60.6 Million »

November 10, 2014 at 11:13AM PST | Source: Value Place

12.9 percent same-store RevPAR increase and occupancy rates rise to 84.8 percent in third quarter
Brand-Wide Highlights:
Brand-wide revenue per available room (RevPAR) rose 12.9 percent over third quarter of 201311 hotels under construction21 hotels under developmentAverage brand-wide occupancy continues to rise, reaching 84.8 percent in third quarter and 82.3 percent YTD
November 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // WICHITA, Kansas - Value Place, the nation's largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand*, today released its third quarter results, which reflect strong growth and stability across the portfolio. System-wide revenue rose substantially, reaching $60.6 million, a 16.9 percent jump over the same quarter a year prior. The privately-held company also announced a significant 12...

DoubleTree By Hilton Debuts In New Zealand »

November 10, 2014 at 7:51AM PST | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Internationally-Acclaimed Brand Welcomes Business and Leisure Guests to DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown with Upscale Accommodations and Globally-Renowned Service Culture
November 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of the brand’s first property in New Zealand –DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown. Formerly known as the Kawarau Hotel and managed by Hilton Worldwide, the stylish 98-room hotel is set in the heart of bustling Kawarau Village, convenient to Queenstown International Airport and just a short drive or water taxi ride from the center of Queenstown, popularly known as "The Adventure Capital of the World."
"We are proud to mark our brand’s entry into New Zealand with this exemplary hotel and to delight guests with the award-winning service culture for which the DoubleTree by Hilton name is known – starting with our signature warm chocolate chip cookie welcome and continuing throughout the guest’s stay," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton...

Hyatt Acquires Full Ownership Of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort And Spa »

November 10, 2014 at 5:45AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

November 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced that a Hyatt affiliate has acquired its partners' 92 percent interest in the 491-room Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin/Bastrop, Texas, for approximately $143 million. The Company also assumed approximately $65 million of property-level debt. The total price, inclusive of debt, implies a valuation of approximately $450,000 per key. The transaction closed on November 6.
The resort has operated as Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa since it opened in 2006. The resort was developed by Woodbine Development Corporation of Dallas as developer, asset manager and managing general partner of Bastrop Resort Partners, L.P. Hyatt was one of the original co-owners and has managed the resort since its opening...

Hyatt Place Gurgaon/Udyog Vihar Opens In The Heart Of Gurgaon »

November 10, 2014 at 4:32AM PST | Source: Hyatt Place

The 176-Room Hotel is The Ideal Place for the Multitasking Traveler to Relax, Meet, Dine, and Stay while Visiting Gurgaon
November 3, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H)and SAMHI announced the opening of Hyatt Place Gurgaon/Udyog Vihar in the state of Haryana, India. This is the first Hyatt Place hotel in the gateway city of Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) and the second Hyatt Place hotel in India, following the 2012 opening of Hyatt Place Hampi.
"The opening of Hyatt Place Gurgaon/Udyog Vihar marks a significant milestone for the Hyatt Place brand as it continues to expand in India and around the world," said Mr. Pablo Graf, Senior Vice President of Operations for Hyatt, Southwest Asia...

Introducing "Your World Rewards": Starwood Preferred Guest® And Emirates Skywards® Join Forces To Extend Benefits »

November 10, 2014 at 4:23AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Across the Sky and around the Globe
New Partnership Takes Loyalty to New Heights in Growing Travel Markets with Extra Rewards and Elite Earnings
STAMFORD, Conn. & DUBAI, U.A.E. - November 9, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and Emirates Airline® are announcing a new partnership providing reciprocal benefits to Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) and Emirates Skywards® members. The program, Your World Rewards®, begins Nov. 19 and allows SPG and Skywards elite members who register for the program, to elevate their earnings and benefits when they fly with Emirates or stay with SPG Participating Hotels.
With Your World Rewards, SPG and Emirates Skywards members will now earn in the air, on the ground and around the world...

W Hotels Worldwide Rocks China Capital With Opening Of W Beijing - Chang'an »

November 06, 2014 at 7:47AM PST | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

A New Scene Unfolds in Beijing as W Once Again Redefines the Hospitality Experience with Cutting-Edge Design, Insider Access to What's Next and Iconic Whatever/Whenever Service
BEIJING - November 6, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - W® Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the highly anticipated opening of W Beijing - Chang'an. With a sensory-rich contemporary design inspired by Beijing's storied traditions, the hotel brings the W brand's distinct interpretation of modern luxury, including its 24/7 vibrant energy, cutting edge design, and Whatever/Whenever® service philosophy to China's capital. Owned by COFCO Property Investment Co., Ltd., W Beijing - Chang'an marks the 45th W Hotel worldwide and the second W Hotel in mainland China after W Guangzhou...

Hilton Worldwide's 2014 Global Week Of Service Takes Place In 86 Countries »

November 06, 2014 at 7:06AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Thousands of Volunteers Participate in More Than 3,500 Volunteer Projects
MCLEAN, Va. - November 06, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) recently celebrated Global Week of Service, the company's worldwide annual volunteer event. Now in its third year, the company's largest expression of community service included more than 3,500 projects designed to address the social, economic and environmental needs in 86 countries.
Global Week of Service provides Team Members and franchise partners with the opportunity to showcase the company's culture of service and community hospitality. This year's theme focused on two company commitments – youth opportunity and living sustainably. More than 1,100 properties and corporate offices in more than more than 900 cities around the world completed a wide array of projects, including resume building workshops with underserved young people, soap recycling, refurbishment of schools and community centers, park and seabed clean-ups and the creation of social enterprises...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens 50th Hotel In Texas »

November 05, 2014 at 12:08PM PST | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Milestone Property for the Brand Opens its Doors to Odessa Area Visitors
November 05, 2014 // Franchising.com // ODESSA, Texas and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced today the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Odessa.
The four-story hotel, owned by HWODS Property, LP, is the 50th Homewood Suites property in the state and features 121 suites. Brian Durio, general manager, and Aileen Manuel, director of sales, have been in the hotel industry for a combined 25 years.
"This year has been a celebration of milestones for Homewood Suites," said Bill Duncan, global head, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites...

IHG Celebrates Five Years Since Launch Of IHG Army Hotels »

November 04, 2014 at 11:37AM PST | Source: Candlewood Suites

The global hotel company opens 1,300 guest rooms in one month and the largest Candlewood Suites® hotel.
November 04, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, celebrates five years as the exclusive hotel brander, manager and operator of the billion dollar Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program. IHG continues progress to brand former U.S. Army Lodging facilities as Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® or Candlewood Suites® hotels. These hotels are offering the service experience that IHG guests around the world know and trust on U.S. military posts across 25 states and territories.
IHG and Lend Lease, the PAL program hotel owner and developer, joined U...

IHG Strengthens Regional Operations And Commercial Leadership Teams »

November 04, 2014 at 10:31AM PST | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

November 04, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announces strategic changes to its regional leadership team in the growing Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.
Karin Sheppard appointed Chief Operating Officer for Australasia, Japan, Korea & Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Franchising; succeeded by Nick Barton as Chief Commercial Officer for AMEA
Present Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for AMEA, Karin Sheppard, will move into an operational role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Australasia, Japan, Korea & AMEA Franchising. In her new role, Karin will oversee the operations and performance of over 100 hotels in more than 10 countries across brands ranging from the luxury InterContinental Hotels & Resorts to the midscale Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express...

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Champions "The Sport Of Kings" Alongside Prince Harry & St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras »

November 03, 2014 at 9:48AM PST | Source: St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

St. Regis to Compete in the Sentebale Polo Cup, presented by Royal Salute. Taking Place at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club in Abu Dhabi on November 20
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announces today that St. Regis Hotels & Resorts will join Sentebale for its highly-anticipated charitable polo match. Taking place at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club in Abu Dhabi on November 20, the event marks the luxury brand’s fifth year supporting Sentebale. Prince Harry, playing for the Sentebale Huntsman team, and Nacho Figueras, captaining the St. Regis team, will compete in an exhilarating match in an effort to raise awareness and support for the improved healthcare and education of the children of Lesotho, Africa...

DoubleTree By Hilton Enters China's Qinghai Province »

November 03, 2014 at 8:13AM PST | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

DoubleTree by Hilton Qinghai-Golmud Delivers First-Rate Service and Modern Accommodations for Business and Leisure Travelers Visiting the Tibetan Plateau
November 03, 2014 // Franchising.com // GOLMUD, China – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Qinghai-Golmud. Sitting in the foothills of the Kunlun Mountain Pass on the Tibetan Plateau, the 112-room hotel is the first internationally-branded hotel in Golmud. The contemporary hotel is ideally located in the south of the city center, just five kilometers from Golmud Railway Station and 25 kilometers from Golmud Airport, offering easy access to attractions such as Chaerhan Salt Lake, Huyang Forest and the snow-covered Geladandong Peak...

Westin Hotels Offers Guests Sounder Sleep Through Smart Tech »

November 03, 2014 at 6:13AM PST | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

In Celebration of the Iconic Heavenly Bed and its Commitment to Sound Slumber, Westin Partners with Wellness Technology Leader to Introduce Sleep Sensor Wearable-Lending Program
Lark Technologies Founder Julia Hu Joins Westin Well-Being Council
STAMFORD, Conn. - November 3, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Heavenly® Bed and the brand's commitment to a great night's sleep, Westin Hotels & Resorts today pulled the covers off the next stage of its year-long Well-Being Movement, announcing a partnership with Lark Technologies, a leader in the technology and wellness space, to create a new Sleep Sensor Wearable-Lending program. Beginning today and available through the month of November, guests at participating properties, including The Westin New York at Times Square, The Westin Singapore, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, The Westin Frankfurt, The Westin Cape Town, The Westin Sydney, The Westin Abu Dhabi and The Westin Palace Milan, are invited to try the Lark Up Sleep Monitor, Silent Alarm Clock and Personal Sleep Coach during their stay...

Announcing The Global Debut Of SPG Keyless From Starwood Hotels & Resorts: The First Mobile, Keyless Room Entry »

November 03, 2014 at 4:18AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Rollout Begins Today at Aloft, Element and W Hotels around the World
STAMFORD, Conn. - November 2, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - It's a mobile office. It's a virtual wallet. It's a lifeline. And now, it's a hotel room key. Today, the smartphone will get a whole lot smarter – especially while on the road. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), introduces SPG Keyless, the hospitality industry's first mobile, keyless entry system allowing guests to use their smartphone as a key. Rolling out to Aloft, Element and W Hotels around the globe, SPG Keyless makes its official debut today in 10 hotels in markets including Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and Doha...

Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood Launches New Era »

October 31, 2014 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Thayer Lodging Group's 998-Room Iconic Resort Joins Curio – A Collection by Hilton
HOLLYWOOD, Fl. – Oct. 31, 2014 – The historic Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, along with its 900-plus employees, joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton.
South Florida's premier beachfront resort and convention center, the Diplomat Resort was acquired last month by Thayer Lodging Group ("Thayer"), a Brookfield Company, and its institutional partners. The resort encompasses 998 rooms and suites, numerous restaurants and a spa, along with more than 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. Thayer previously announced the property would undergo a $100 million enhancement initiative to begin later this year.
The transition was marked with a ceremony attended by Diplomat, Thayer, Curio and Hilton Worldwide leaders, along with resort employees, city officials and South Florida influencers...



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